February 14, 2013The three local high school boys' hockey teams, Grosse Pointe North, Grosse Pointe South and University Liggett, all shined in last weekend's prestigious Michigan Interscholastic Hockey League Showcase in Trenton.
The three teams combined to go 6-0 and all three are playing solid hockey with the state playoffs fast approaching.
Grosse Pointe North beat Muskegon Mona Shores 4-3 in a shootout and Livonia Stevenson 4-1, improving to 13-8 overall. Since starting the season 1-4, the Norsemen are 12-4.
Against Mona Shores, the Norsemen out-shot their foe 41-21 and had two goals by senior David Chavis, including one on the power play. His first goal was assisted by senior R.C. Nelson and freshman Brendan Nelson, while his second tally was assisted by junior Nick Murray and senior Anthony Allemon.
"We played some good hockey against Mona Shores and Stevenson," North head coach Scott Lock said. "The offense was very good against Mona Shores as we had 41 shots on net and they kept it going against Stevenson, out-shooting them."
The Norsemen were less than 20 seconds from defeat when sophomore Nick Cusmano tied the game with a goal. Chavis and senior Jack Stander assisted.
Neither team scored in overtime, sending the game to a shootout.
Senior Jack Guest, Stander and Cusmano scored in the shootout and Mona Shores tallied on only two of its five attempts.
Senior goalie Tanner Colborg earned the win, stopping 18-of-21 shots against Mona Shores and made 22 saves out of 23 shots to post the victory over Stevenson.
Guest scored the first goal, with senior Jeff Herron drawing an assist.
Other goal scorers were Romanelli, Cusmano (power play) and sophomore Max Yoshida, with senior Brendan Keelan, Chavis, junior C.J. Kusch (two) and Brendan Nelson netting assists.
Grosse Pointe South's victories came over Traverse City West, 3-2, and Marquette, 3-0.
Head coach Bobby McKillop's Blue Devils improved to 13-9-1 as junior Andrew Hyde scored twice, including the eventual game-winner, shorthanded, against TC West.
Seniors Brad Kohut and Ryley Maher had assists on Hyde's first goal and sophomore Ian Corbett assisted on the shorthanded tally.
Senior Max Corden also scored with Kohut netting an assist.
The Blue Devils built a 3-0 lead and withstood a TC West rally, which fell one goal short.
Senior Will Newell earned the win, stopping 17-of-19 shots, and junior Andrew Wright was the winning netminder, stopping all 20 Marquette shots the following night.
In that victory, senior Jake Corden, Maher and Max Corden all scored power-play goals. Junior Andrew Bigham assisted on all three.
Others with assists were Maher and Max Corden.
Liggett improved to 14-8 overall after wins over Livonia Churchill, 4-3 in a shootout, and Farmington United, 6-2.
Against Churchill, senior Cam Marchese scored, with juniors William Yates and Jake Jerome drawing assists.
Churchill scored goals 22 seconds apart and then added another to take a 3-1 lead.
Yates scored the next two goals to tie the game. Marchese and Jerome assisted the first and sophomore Mason Demsey and junior Lordanthony Grissom assisted the second.
Neither team lit the lamp in the overtime periods, sending the game to a shootout.
Both scored twice in five attempts. Senior Jake Soyka and Jerome scored for the Knights. In the sixth attempt, Churchill missed and Grissom won it with a goal.
Junior Vincent Scarfone and Yates scored twice to lead the Knights, while Demsey had a short-handed tally and Soyka had a power-play goal.
Netting assists were Jerome, Marchese and senior Manny Counsman with two apiece, while Soyka, Yates, junior Sheridan Reilly and freshman Alex Minanov had one apiece.
Sophomore Luke Soyka was in net for both games, stopping 26-of-29 shots against Churchill and 28-of-30 shots against Farmington.
Coming up for the Knights are home games Friday, Feb. 15, and Monday, Feb. 18, against Hartland and Livonia Stevenson, followed by an away game Wednesday, Feb. 20, against Novi Catholic Central.
This concludes the Knights' regular season.
As for the Norsemen and Blue Devils, both are involved in tight division races.
The Norsemen play at Orchard Lake St. Mary's Saturday, Feb. 16, and at Birmingham Brother Rice Tuesday, Feb. 19 (non-league).
They trail U-D Jesuit by one point with three division games left.
The Blue Devils lead Divine Child by a point in their Metro League East standings.
They play at Woodhaven Wednesday, Feb. 20. They need a win and a DC loss to Saline.